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Oregon gets federal extension on ‘Real ID’ switch

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The Oregon Department of Transportation announced Monday that the Department of Homeland Security has issued an extension for the state to come into compliance with the Real ID Act.

The extension allows IDs issued by Oregon to still be used as valid forms of identification for entry into federal buildings through at least October 10, 2017.

The federal law enacted in 2005 set new standards for government-issued IDs like driver’s licenses. The Oregon legislature passed a law in 2009 barring the Department of Motor Vehicles from spending state resources to comply with the law.

During the most recent legislative session, Oregon lawmakers passed Senate Bill 374 which superseded that earlier state law and allowed ODOT to come into compliance with Real ID regulations.

ODOT officials said Oregon DMV offices already meet many of the Real ID requirements but still have to implement a process of scanning and storing documents that applicants submit to prove their identities. They also must begin using the federal systems to verify those documents and to verify the applicants don’t have another current ID issued by a different state.

According to ODOT, air travel is the most common federal use of state-issued IDs, and the Transportation Safety Administration is scheduled to begin requiring Real ID-compliant forms of identification on January 22, 2018.

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